Okay, it wasn't THAT far away but it was Florida and it was the first time I ever met another blogger friend in person. Who was it you might ask? Who did I meet and actually have lunch with at a sweet little French cafe in Winter Park Florida?
Yep, it was Michael from In Time, who happened to be staying in Coco Beach. When he heard I was visiting the area we found a way to meet up at the Morse Museum which has an incredible collection of works by Louis Tiffany, including the Tiffany Chapel which was designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. I only wish I could've taken pictures to show you how amazingly beautiful it was. More amazing is the fact the chapel resided in crates for many years following a 1957 fire and it wasn't until 1996 that the Museum's trustees resurrected the chapel. The conservation and re-installation in a new wing took nearly three years and while it isn't the same chapel that was first exhibited in 1893 or the one Tiffany brought home to Laurelton Hall, it is a masterpiece nonetheless, "a temple of art."
As for Michael, he was the nicest person ever, actually pushed my mom around in the wheelchair the entire time (she can't walk for long distances) and was as much in admiration of the art work as we were. We all chose our favorite pieces and lamented over the restrictions on our cameras and I bought a little blue bird which I will have to take a proper pic of at some point. But I'll leave you with this one...
enjoy your Sunday.